'Isolated incident': Reassurance NZ is still safe after death of Grace Millane

'Isolated incident': Reassurance NZ is still safe after death of Grace Millane

Police said her family were "devastated" after being told the missing persons case had become a murder investigation.

- December 9, shortly after 4pm: Police find a body they believe to be Millane in vegetation around 10m from the road.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but Detective Inspector Scott Beard, who is leading the investigation, said officers were certain it was Millane and the search for her had come to an end. "I can now advise that a short time ago, we located a body, which we believe to be Grace".

"This is a busy stretch of road and there is no ability to park nearby at the moment".

"Since early this morning a scene examination has been underway in a section of bush on Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges", Beard said.

In his statement, DI Beard appealed to anyone who might have seen a red Toyota Corolla hatchback vehicle, which had been hired in Auckland.

A poster for missing British girl Grace Millane is displayed outside the Base backpackers where Grace had been staying on December 07, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Millane's father David Millane spoke to reporters on Friday calling his daughter a "fun-loving, family-oriented daughter".

"These kinds of things don't help the situation but as I say I think these are reasonably isolated incidents towards tourists and from that perspective, we don't see it having an impact long-term as long as it is isolated".

Beard said he had no evidence to suggest Millane knew the man in custody before Saturday night but detectives knew they were together from the time she was captured on footage at SkyCity to the time she was seen at the CityLife Hotel.

Grace Millane's current profile picture on Facebook was uploaded on November 29 - two days before she disappeared.

Police charged the man who lives in central Auckland with murder on Saturday evening.

Grace Millane, 22, last seen entering an inner-city hotel in Auckland with a man has been found murdered in Auckland, Newzealand.

Brookie argued he needed further time to gather information on his client as investigations were ongoing.

- December 5: Millane is reported missing to City of Auckland Police.

The family had been alerted when Millane's stream of regular updates of her exploits suddenly fell silent.

She was on a yearlong worldwide overseas experience, he said.

"She arrived here on the 20th of November and has bombarded us with numerous photographs and messages of her adventures", he said. She arrived in New Zealand last month and was last seen entering a central Auckland hotel with a man on the evening of Dec 1.

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